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Volleyball: Geoff Carlston returns to Ohio as coach

Geoff Carlston is coming back to Ohio.

Ohio Athletics announced the hiring and return of the Bobcats’ former coach Monday evening. Carlston previously coached the team from 2003 to 2007. During his tenure, Ohio not only dominated the Mid-American Conference but was also a legitimate force among the NCAA. 

With Carlston, the Bobcats went 144-22 overall; reached the NCAA Tournament every season, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2005, and won four Mid-American Conference tournaments. He holds a .968 winning percentage against MAC opponents, which is the highest in the conference’s history. That record includes a streak of 64 straight MAC wins that lasted through all five of his seasons with Ohio. 

Since departing from Ohio, Carlston served as Ohio State’s coach from 2008 to 2019. With the Buckeyes, Carlston advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times and made it the Sweet 16 in five of those appearances. He was let go by Ohio State after a 15-17 record in the 2019 season. 

Carlston holds a career record of 413-217. He is replacing Deane Webb, Ohio’s coach for seven seasons. Webb retired following the 2020 season in which the Bobcats went 12-8 and earned a MAC Tournament bid before falling to Western Michigan

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